Rock Stars Stole My Life! Epub Î Stole My Kindle

Rock Stars Stole My Life! Epub Î Stole My Kindle


  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Rock Stars Stole My Life!
  • Mark Ellen
  • English
  • 16 March 2016

10 thoughts on “Rock Stars Stole My Life!

  1. Emma Emma says:

    I felt a bit disappointed with this one I really was expecting to enjoy it but I ended up skim reading it I read another review where the reviewer said she felt she was a bit young to appreciate it and I feel similarly Also we dont really get to know Mark at all There are some funny anecdotes but I would’ve expected I’ve rounded it down to a mean 2 stars and I feel that’s fair


  2. Susan Susan says:

    This is an engaging and fascinating memoir by Mark Ellen – music journalist critic radio and television presenter – whose life has been completely wrapped up in his love of music He begins with his sisters love of The Beatles and his early musical interest in bands such as The Kinks and Bob Dylan in the Sixties His childhood love of music was misunderstood by his parents who disapproved of Top of the Pops and these new long haired bands taking over the airwaves However as so often happens parental disapproval only made music even attractive to Ellen His first gig was Nick Lowe at the Roundhouse and he moved on to musical influences such as Pink Floyd Leonard Cohen and Frank Zappa Early bands at school and university made him realise that his career did not lie in actually being a musician with band names such as “Rectal Prolapse” you suspect success was not going to be easy However watching the music press of the Seventies many almost as famous as the bands they were writing about swanning into the backstage areas at music festivals and concerts gave him the idea of possibly trying to work for a music magazineWhat follows is really a career in music Mark Ellen has worked for music magazines as diverse as NME to Smash Hits through and Mojo His section on working at the NME is especially interesting with office politics and factions developing amongst the journalists which gave him his first disenchantment of what working in the music business would be considering his rather youthful and naive views at the time He worked for Radio One standing in for a delightfully insecure John Peel before finally getting his own show one of the highlights of the book for me was a rather nervous encounter with Iggy Pop who turned up for an interview covered in woad and in no fit state to answer any uestions – especially live on air; moving on to television with “The Old Grey Whistle Test” – later updated to the rather modern “Whistle Test” when “The Tube” threatened viewing figures He was at Live Aid many different award shows and has seen the best and worst of the music businessAlthough meeting some of his heroes led to disappointment another highlight was a hilarious for all the wrong reasons interview with Roy Harper and Jimmy Page this is not in any way an unkind or vicious attack on those the author is writing about Yes he may muse on how certain superstars have terrible behaviour but he also understands how difficult living with such huge fame can be Mostly his writing is very self deprecating laughing at himself over anyone else and will not offend anyone mentioned within its pages Often it is the music business itself rather than the personalities that comes under scrutiny However for anyone who grew up in the time Mark Ellen is writing about or who loves music this is an entertaining and enjoyable read The author has managed to laugh both himself and at the business he has spent his life working in yet also convey his immense fondness and affection for the music which has provided the soundtrack of our lives – including his own If you enjoy books by authors such as Stuart Maconie then you will probably like this


  3. Patrick Patrick says:

    If Mark Ellen had teenage dreams of being a rock star then at the same age knowing even then that I was devoid of musical talent and nobody's idea of a 'front man' I instead fantasised that I might make a living from sharing my ill informed opinions with the world Ellen actually got to do it and this is a book about what it was likeHe spent his youth playing bass with Rectal Prolapse not a name that suggests a glittering future awaits although I suppose Selfish Cunt have a certain cult following and The Ugly Rumours before coming to the realisation that as the least talented member of the fourth best covers band at a university maybe he should find something else to do There is though the nagging thought that the direction of British history might have been different had Ugly Rumours' lead singer a boundlessly energetic Mick Jagger wannabe who said 'guys' a lot and went by the same of Tony Blair stuck at itSo instead Ellen went into music journalism for than 30 years starting at the NME during punk's high water mark in the late 1970s before moving to Smash Hits to cover the early 80s synth pop boom By the mid 80s he was one of the people behind the launch of adult rock oriented Magazine originally it was to have been called Cue Magazine as in 'cue the record' but it was feared it would have been taken for a snooker magazine Then he was at Select magazine covering British indie and dance of the early 1990s before joining the bearded guitar nostalgists Mojo and finally spending ten years with long time partner in crime David Hepworth at Word MagazineThe book is essentially the story of a lifelong obsession not just with music itself but with the whole surrounding soap opera The value placed on it by those who buy the records and go to the gigs The early chapters where pop music is a rare and hard to obtain pleasure available only via the occasional show on the Light Programme and his elder sisters' stack of 45s left me wondering how much of the magic came from the very unavailability of the music Can it ever mean as much to anyone when it's all available at the tap of a button on Spotify?The description of how his parents who had survived World War 2 and now couldn't understand their children's love of the loutish Kinks let alone the weird looking Frank Zappa reminded me a little of reading my Dad's memoir about growing up in the 1960s The idea of music as a statement of rebellion seems curiously uaint now After all the children of the rave generation of the late 1980s will many of themselves be teenagers now and it's hard to see how they are going to shock their parents Perhaps by buying Ed Sheeran and Adele records by the bucketloadOne of the aspects of this book that I enjoyed was the short pen portraits of various well kent faces from rock history Some turn out to be every bit as objectionable as you'd expect Van Morrison is shock hoprror a curmudgeonly old git There is something a little sad about his account of going to Ambleside to interview Jimmy Page and Roy Harper two heroes from his youth and finding two seedy old burned out cases getting off their faces on red wine and amphetamines in the company of doe eyed teenaged girls who didn't know any betterOthers come out rather better Noel Gallagher interviewed after the release of Definitely Maybe for Mojo seems to have a down to earth attitude to music and a refreshing lack of 'front' He comments that when he was sued for plagiarism by the New Seekers he thought it was a fair cop but would rather the Beatles had gone after him instead because he'd stolen just as much from them Neil Tennant who worked with Ellen at Smash Hits before his Pet Shop Boys days is a latter day Oscar Wilde as told here Mark Ellen speculates that those who don't find success in the first flush of youth are better able to take it in their stride Gallagher was 28 and Tennant 31 when their bands' first records came out Page and Harper found fame in their teens and appeared stuck in a permanent adolescence in their early 40sSomething that amused me as I read the book was how Ellen was involved in so many magazines which were so mutually dismissive and snotty about each other's output When Select was championing Carter USM and Ned's Atomic Dustbin in the early 1990s and rubbishing for featuring such as Simple Minds or U2 the same man had been writing for both And the man who was beaten up when he went to interview Elvis Costello just after his first album came out is a few years later telling us what Sheena Easton's favourite food is for Smash HitsTowards the end of the book Ellen finds himself wondering if he would really have enjoyed rock stardom anyway Flying away from a U2 gig with the band in the Sultan of Brunei's private jet complete with gold taps he finds himself asking Who would want to be Bono? All the time? And if he began to slide or fade he would become the man who used to be Bono and that would be even worseIf I was minded to be critical it's worth warning that if the house style of Smash Hits circa 1985 grates with you you should probably give this book a wide berth You may find it insufferably glib Personally I found its lack of pretension rather refreshingIf there is an overarching theme to the book it is perhaps that of a man making a life long career out of a youthful obsession with the magical world of rock music slowly coming to realise that the magic is mostly smoke and mirrors and deciding 'what the hell it'll be fun to stick around for the ride' and so ending up remaining a believer of sorts to the end


  4. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    As a subscriber to the late lamented Word magazine and someone who has enjoyed every one of the Word magazine podcasts I am familiar with both Mark Ellen and many of the anecdotes which appear in Rock Stars Stole My Life A Big Bad Love Affair With Music This prior knowledge did not detract from my enjoyment one jotMark's musical consciousness started in the sixties and continues to the present day and as such he has anecdotes galore from his long and illustrious career which saw him pass through the NME Smash Hits the BBC and Whistle Test plus the small matter of Live Aid Mojo and the Word Needless to say he has great insights about the way the music industry worked and works; his numerous and eclectic musical passions; his own life story; and much This book is a joy


  5. Alteredego Alteredego says:

    I bought this having heard the author interviewed on the Danny Baker show I didn't really know who he was but thought it sounded like fun It was only when I saw the picture on the front of the book in the Kindle store that I recognised Mark Ellen My impression of him has always been of a enthusiastic slightly naff but engagingly so puppyish figure That very much accords with the picture he paints of himself in this book And yet if the picture is an accurate one then puppyish enthusiasm has enabled Ellen to be a driving force behind large parts of the music press from the 80s onwards Smash Hits Mojo Select Add to that for example a significant involvement in Live Aid and you have what looks like a very successful career Live Aid is perhaps illustrative of the whole One was aware of the hiccups on the day but overall the impression was of the might of the BBC getting behind a hastily constructed event Ellen's picture is of a BBC which didn't do rock music and so handed the job to the amateurish Whistle Test team The analogy provided is like asking Radio Cambridgeshire to cover the General ElectionThroughout his career Ellen has met enthusiasts for particular genres prog punk rave etc etc but his own enthusiasm seems to be for popular music as a whole in any form any genre with the possible exception of Cowell manufactured acts His story starts with a pretty conventional middle class childhood in Hampshire from which the rock music scene was an escape from what he saw as stultifying boredom Indeed the theme of father son relationships while not central to the book is a pleasing and eventually touching background threadHaving spent late teenage years travelling to festivals and living in a half hearted commune in France Ellen went up to Oxford where amongst other things he was a member of a band called Ugly Rumours As has been freuently documented the charismatic but slightly self obsessed singer was one Anthony BlairAfter Oxford enthusiasm coupled with real determination lead to Ellen's association with most of the major British music publications of the last two decades of the 20th century Starting with a near life threatening encounter with Elvis Costello for Record Mirror he moves on to NME in the Tony Parsons Julie Birchall era where his uncynical enthusiasm seems somewhat at odds with the prevailing mood although he does find a kindred eclectic spirit in the afore mentioned BakerThis isn't however an unerringly positive account Ellen does on occasion channel his enthusiasm into delivering a damn good kicking The 70s and 80s Radio 1 pop DJs get a particularly vigorous shoeing with Dave Lee Travis right on the end of the author's toe cap Other particular targets are Roy Harper and Jimmy Page jointly and Van MorrisonInevitably the book contains plenty of celebrity anecdotes but Ellen's do tend to have the irresistible merit of being funny interesting or indeed both Some fine examples include a surprisingly feisty Sheena Easton a down at heel Meatloaf an insecure John Peel an uninformed Su Pollard an unashamed Rod Stewart and a remarkably deshabille Lady GagaThe final major anecdote is about being on a whirlwind world tour with Rihanna In some ways Ellen uses this as part of his transition into being a grumpy old man bemoaning the sense of entitlement of young journalist and the commoditisation of music But even then he can't give up his essential niceness finding a way to recognise that the spoilt diva is under enormous pressure which goes a long way to understanding and even forgiving her brattish behaviourSo all in all this is a thoroughly entertaining memoir about music journalism than about the music business itself although the two are of course inevitably close and the author comes across as a pretty decent chap a good old english amateur succeeding through a combination of hard work and love for his chosen profession A final sign of the overall warmness of the book In the mid 80s Ellen married Clare For the rest of the book I found myself worrying when the split would come showbiz lifestyle and all that But it doesn't and the dedications at the start suggest they are still happily together


  6. Mark Edwards Mark Edwards says:

    As someone who loves music and magazines and who grew up reading in order Smash Hits NME Select and The Word the loss of which I'm still mourning I am probably the ideal reader of this book I've read many of Mark Ellen's articles over the years and was one of the billions who watched him present Live Aid back in 1985 And this memoir is as entertaining as I hoped I got into music ten years after Ellen so I found the early seventies chapters a little slow hence the loss of one star in this review but as soon as the author starts working for the NME the book really takes off I particularly loved the Smash Hits and Frankie Goes to Hollywood chapters the glimpses into Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant's journey 'up the dumper' as well as the account of the behind the scenes chaos at Live Aid I also enjoyed the encounter with a naked Lady Gaga and the descent into madness with RihannaRock Stars Stole My Life is written in a breezy funny style with flashes of poetic genius especially when describing the music the author is so passionate about It's easy to see why Mark Ellen has had such a successful interesting career This book brought me great nostalgic joy tinged with sadness for a time when music and magazines were healthy and each drove the sales and success of the other In the parlance of Smash Hits this book is swingorilliantly brrrrrilliant


  7. Lucy Lucy says:

    Mark Ellen wanted to be in the music business When being a rock star doesn't work out he tries his hand at being a member of the music press And so follows many years of success at magazines such as NME and Smash Hits and presenting radio and tv shows like The Old Grey Whistle Test It really is a Big Bad Love Affair With Music as it is clear just how much he genuinely loves music and the work he does He has a fantastic writing style informative and witty I'd never read anything by him before but I loved reading this book so I would love to read by him Mark has had such an interesting and long career that there are loads of fascinating stories about many different famous musicians It's also a wonderful insight in to the rollercoaster world of the music press which has many ups and downs from the 1970s to now Any music fan will enjoy finding out about what goes into making a radio show creating a magazine and presenting a huge live show such as Live Aid The cover art is excellent too very striking and clever Overall this is a very very funny book and I laughed a lot while reading it It's also a great story of a music lover and his fascinating experiences in the music business A must read for any music fan


  8. Ivan Moran Ivan Moran says:

    It's great fun this Mark Ellen is a thoroughly likeable narrator and it's a wholly enjoyable read I can't help but feel that there's a lot for him to tell but that he couldn't though and the book did seem like it needed a bit meat in it I read it uickly I rarely read books uickly Ellen's turn of phrase infectious bonhomie and indefatigable joie de vivre made me wish this was a longer read Maybe when a few stars shuffle off their mortal coil the rest of the anecdotes can let fly


  9. Jill Jill says:

    I should caveat that I am a music lover have previously been a devotee of Smash Hits And The Word I wore out my home recorded video of Live Aid and could probably recite all the words in interviews and links That's how much Mark Ellen has been in my life I enjoyed this it seems like a fantasy life of hanging out with rock stars and musicians but it's not all glamour I would lean a recommendation to the music devotee but it shouldn't detract others from reading it Mark Ellen has lived a fun life


  10. Cabbie Cabbie says:

    Oh the Giddy Carousel of Pop Mark Ellen's amusing and nostalgic memoir brought back many happy music based memories Dad making annoying comments during Top of the Pops; sniggering with a chum over copies of Smash Hits; being in a band More seriously the book traces the changing face of music journalism and the consumption of music since The Beatles It also touches on what the life of a poprock star might be like Thank you too Mark Ellen for puncturing the pomposity of the music snob I guffawed at the opposing descriptions of Frank Zappa a cryptic genius working at the coalface of the avant garde versus a hideous dullard who upended groupies and wrote lewd songs about it And I laughed even harder at Captain Beefheart a brave sonic explorer patrolling the outer limits of self expression versus a crashing bore whose death rattle vocal could curdle milk and whose music knotted the knees and brought dance floors to a shuddering halt


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